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Colorado Court of Appeals

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The Colorado Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in Colorado. It was established in 1891, abolished in 1905, re-established in 1913, re-abolished in 1917 and established in its current form in 1970. It consists of 22 appointed judges who, after their initial appointment, are then subject to a retention election every eight years thereafter. Their terms end on the second Tuesday in January.[1][2]

The Colorado Court of Appeals hears most of the direct appeals from the Colorado district courts. It also hears appeals from the rulings of some of Colorado's administrative agencies. The court typically issues its decisions on Thursday mornings, with case announcements posted on the court's website usually by 8:00 a.m.[3]


Like most appellate courts, the Court sits in three-member divisions to decide cases. The Chief Judge, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, assigns judges to the divisions and rotates their assignments. The mission of the Court of Appeals is to provide the citizens of Colorado with clear, impartial, and timely resolutions of appealed orders and judgments as provided by law. The Court of Appeals was created by statute; accordingly, jurisdiction is limited to the areas specified by state statute, together with the inherent powers granted to all courts.

Established under Section 1 of Article VI of the Colorado Constitution and Section 13-4-101, et seq., C.R.S. (Colorado Revised Statutes), the Court of Appeals has initial jurisdiction, with exceptions, over appeals from the Colorado District Courts, Denver Probate Court, and Denver Juvenile Court. In addition, the Court of Appeals has specific appellate jurisdiction over decisions originating from a number of state administrative boards and agencies, including the Industrial Claim Appeals Office. Reviews of the Court of Appeals’ decisions are directed to the Colorado Supreme Court.[4]

Current Court of Appeals Judges

Former Court of Appeals Judges

Publication of decisions

The court issues published and unpublished decisions. It releases its published decisions on alternate weeks and its unpublished decisions every week. Published decisions are made available on the court's website with their full text; the list of unpublished decisions is also made available on that website. A feature on the Court of Appeals website allows people to request that they be e-mailed copies of unpublished decisions.

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